Five overwater bungalows will become available to guests at the popular Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica from November 15, 2016. These floating luxury hotel suites are currently being built on an offshore island from the main resort building and will be accessible by a 10-minute boat ride.
Overwater bungalows are more traditionally found in the South Pacific within calm lagoons. In fact, the first overwater bungalow was launched by 3 Californian expats known as the Bali Hai trio in 1968 at the Club Bali Hai Moorea Hotel on the French Polynesian island of Moorea. The success of this first overwater bungalow which welcomed celebrity guests like Marlon Brando, helped the concept to spread throughout Tahiti, Bora Bora and the rest of the South Pacific.
There are currently a few other overwater bungalows in the Caribbean, but these five by Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica will no doubt be the most exclusive and luxurious. According to the announcement, “these innovative luxury over-the-water suites are changing the all-inclusive game. Perched on a deck floating above turquoise waters, these spectacular accommodations feature see-through glass floors for ocean viewing, a Tranquility Soaking Tub, an over-the-water hammock for two and a private infinity pool for countless ways to enjoy the water.”
Guests staying in one of the five luxury overwater bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica – most likely couples on honeymoon or those taking a romantic vacation — will be assigned a personal butler and rates start at $4,321 per night, double occupancy. Definitely not cheap, but interest in them are sure to be high as the overwater bungalows are a roomy 1,600 square feet and designed so that guests can admire the picturesque views of the Caribbean sea and marine life in a luxurious calm setting while being pampered. In fact, the overwater bungalows which have been in plans since 2010 are already booked through early-2017.
Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica originally opened in 1986 and is part of Sandals Resorts International, which has approximately 24 luxury hotel properties across 7 Caribbean destinations under five different brands.